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Several ways to recycle coffee grounds

According to the World Economic Forum nearly 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed all around the world. Can you imagine how much coffee grounds are thrown in the trash bins? They are compacted into a space without oxygen. When compostable materials are placed into those conditions, their decomposition creates methane gas, the second most prevalent greenhouse gas, which influence environment a lot: starting from changes in plant growth and nutrition and finishing by ozone depletion. But there are many ways to recycle those coffee grounds and prevent environmental problems. Read on to learn how coffee lovers can save nature and even benefit yourself.
Make fertilizer or compost

Coffee grounds still have a lot of nutritious elements and can be used as fertilizer in your garden. Add them periodically to soil and around acid-loving plants like roses, azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias and others. The coffee grounds are also kind of a repellent for deterring such insects as aphids and slugs. Reusing them in the garden is a cheap and natural option compared to buying fertilizers by yourself. Coffee grounds may contribute to compost heap too: they are high in nitrogen, certain plants will benefit and beneficial worms will be attracted to the pile.

Pest repellent

It was already mentioned that coffee grounds are able to scare away insects. For example, ants are afraid by the smell of them, while the slightly abrasive texture of the coffee grounds can be irritating for soft bellied pests like slugs and snails. Apart from fertilizing the soil or putting them around your flowers, you can also soak your used coffee grounds in water overnight, then strain out the grounds and use the resulting liquid as a foliar spray.

Make it absorb food and other odors

Take coffee grounds and put it in the back of your refrigerator or other places if you want to get rid of certain smells. Any bad smells will be absorbed overnight. You can use them even in the car, kitchen cabinets and on your hands. If you worked with smelling foods such as fish, onion, or garlic just rub some grounds to get rid of sharp smells.
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Coffee grounds as cleaning product

These grounds are even more abrasive (capable of polishing or cleaning a hard surface by rubbing or grinding) than soda. That’s why they are perfect for scouring pots and pans or even grease and gunk on the counter. Although they are abrasive, they aren’t so harsh to damage the surfaces in your kitchen, so it’s absolutely safe for dishes and furniture.

Part of beauty routine

You can use coffee grounds to make exfoliating body scrub by adding them to warm water or your natural oil, it is supposed to remove a lot of dead skin cells and create tighter and healthier looking skin. Coffee grounds are good for face as well and make perfect antioxidant mask. All you need to do is to mix steeped grounds, unrefined coconut oil, and raw almond milk. Apply it on the face and rinse away after 10 minutes. Coffee is an effective puffy eye reducer as well so the mix of coffee grounds, teaspoon of coconut oil and water will reduce swelling.

Also, applying caffeine to the skin increases blood flow and can accelerate hair growth. By rubbing coffee grounds into your hair, residues of styling products can be lessened and removed, as well as dead skin cells left behind.

Coffee grounds are applicable for healing cellulite. The scrub made of coffee grounds and warm water used twice a week on any areas affected by cellulite may help. A 2008 study in Sao Paulo found that topical application of caffeine reduced cellulite fat cells by 17%.

So, coffee grounds are good and natural source of many things. By recycling them you can get fertilizer, compost heal, cleaning product, smell absorber and nutrients for the face and body. Follow our tips to reduce coffee waste and contribute to environmental issues.

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